1999 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Walls
Senate Concurrent Resolution 571
(As Adopted by Senate and House)
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION COMMENDING OFFICER TRACY WHITAKER FOR HIS COURAGEOUS AND HEROIC EFFORTS ON APRIL 3, 1998.
WHEREAS, on April 3, 1998, two young girls fell into the frigid and flood swollen waters of Lake Ferguson; and
WHEREAS, upon being advised of the situation, Officer Tracy Whitaker of the Greenville Police Department ran to the water's edge and, upon discovering that a fellow officer was struggling to bring the victim to shore, courageously entered the icy and murky waters of Lake Ferguson; and
WHEREAS, disregarding the peril to himself, Officer Tracy Whitaker swam through the cable snarled waters to aid Officer Russell Frazier and Officer Michael Gwathney in pulling the victim to shore; and
WHEREAS, in a dramatic scene in this stark struggle for life, a white hand grasped a black hand and the victim was pulled to safety; and
WHEREAS, through the prism of joyful tears, there was no color of skin but a rainbow of compassion, courage and heroism; and
WHEREAS, Officer Tracy Whitaker was recommended to receive the Medal of Merit from his department for his distinguished actions while on duty; and
WHEREAS, the Legislature of Mississippi wishes to recognize and thank Officer Tracy Whitaker for his daring, courageous, compassionate and heroic actions at the scene of a near tragedy:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSISSIPPI STATE SENATE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby commend Officer Tracy Whitaker for his courageous and heroic rescue on April 3, 1998.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be presented to Officer Tracy Whitaker.